The Search for Retired Yakima Doctor has Turned Into a Criminal Investigation
The family of a missing Yakima Doctor now says the case is a criminal investigation. Police suspect something criminal may have happened to Sloop. It has been almost two weeks since Dr. Sloop was last seen in Ukraine. He was there doing missionary work for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. His family says it is not just a local police matter anymore, it has been upgraded to a state case. Authorities are working to collect more security camera footage to try and spot the missing doctor as the investigation and search continues today.
Jay Wintermeyer the Communications Director for Seventh-Day Adventist Church Regional Headquarters in Spokane says Sloop was last seen leaving for a morning walk May 14 but disappeared after that and hasn't been seen since. Large searches have turned up no clues. The retired Yakima Doctor is in Kiev Ukraine on a medical mission with the church. Wintermeyer says they're working with police, the US Embassy, The State Department and the FBI.